2-17-18, Valley Falls, OR
Winters are a slow time here in Central Oregon. With the exception of a few smaller trips and some minor chores, the weather keeps us fairly housebound. Since November, the only traveling we’ve done is: a couple of trips to Reno, Nevada, a trip to the coast for some crab fishing and monthly trips to either Bend or Klamath Falls, OR for some more extensive shopping.
Three months ago, my friend Geren gave me a little leppy (orphan) calf that was 8 months old but had spent the spring and summer surviving by robbing a drink here and there off other cows’ udders. While this was enough to keep her alive, it wasn’t enough nutrition to allow her to grow. When I got her at eight months old, instead of being 400 to 500 lbs like most other calves of her age, she barely tipped the scales at 100 pounds. 3 months later, she’s had enough feed to bring her up to about 300 pounds.